Albany Law School Launches Concentration in Law and Cybersecurity

2/3/2016 | Facebook|Twitter|Email

In an increasingly technology-driven, globally connected world, there is an escalating need for legal specialists in data protection, privacy and cybersecurity. In recognition of this need, Albany Law School today announced it will be offering a new concentration in Law and Cybersecurity beginning in the fall of 2016.

The program — a collaboration with the University at Albany’s School of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) — will prepare J.D. graduates to provide counsel to a broad range of industries and individuals on an array of legal matters, including: data breach; cybercrime; compliance with state, local, federal, and international privacy laws and regulations; implementing security policies; records management; digital media privacy; litigation; and more.

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"The security of our personal information and technological infrastructures in business and government is an ever-growing concern. The need for legal experts in this field will only become greater as networks expand and the value of data increases," said Alicia Ouellette, President and Dean of Albany Law School. "Our law school, located in New York’s capital and the heart of Tech Valley, is an ideal lab for studying these areas."

"This program is precisely the kind of collaboration we envisioned when we developed an affiliation with Albany Law School," said UAlbany President Robert J. Jones. "Together, our two institutions are leveraging capacity that will provide highly specialized training for cybersecurity professionals and meet a massive and growing need both regionally and nationally."

Twenty-four credits will be required to complete the concentration in Law and Cybersecurity, a natural component of the law school’s Innovation Pathway. Courses in the core curriculum will be offered at Albany Law School and the University at Albany. Students enrolled at Albany Law School can take these classes at the University at Albany as part of the pursuit of their law degree and will not require separate matriculation, application to the University at Albany, or additional tuition.

Some sample courses at Albany Law include: Cyberspace Law; Cybersecurity Law; Privacy Law; International Law of War & Crime; Advanced Evidence (elective); and Legal Oversight of Innovation (elective).

Students may cross-register for courses at the University at Albany including: Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security; Disaster, Crisis, and Emergency Management and Policy; Political Violence, Insurgency, and Terrorism; and Principles and Practices of Cybersecurity.

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